Getting Over Yourself

February 7, 2011

Centennial celebration of Ronald Reagan holds lessons

Filed under: Observations — Barbara Rocha @ 12:06 pm
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No matter your political beliefs, when Ronald Reagan spoke everyone could learn something about speaking. He came across as likable and he didn’t take things personally. Journalists who decried his politics liked him.

He was dubbed the “Teflon President” because jibes and verbal attacks slid right off. He grinned. He replied as though the person had been joking.

To help your message get the best possible reception, work on your Teflon skills. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t take anything personally–either what others say to you or you’re saying to them.

President Reagan was a good example of being able to sound warm and friendly, passionate about his beliefs, but not angry.

If you’re one of those people who didn’t like his speaking skills and weren’t sold on his sincerity, consider how these things made it possible for him to have huge approval ratings personally from people who disagreed with his politics. And then see how you might adapt the concept of connecting and being Teflon to your own situation. You can avoid what you didn’t like while improving what made him successful with a majority of his audiences.


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